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Archive for the ‘Little Trips in Scotland’ Category
A pick of a photo from a recent trip to the Isle of Skye. End of October, luck had it the sun was shining like mad. A piece of heaven on Earth.
It’s an unusual angle, from the left side of the beach. It took me a while to climb all the way to the very left on slippery stones as I was curious ‘if there was something around the corner’ – unfortunately the water was to high to get there but my reward was this amazing view.
Reminiscence of another trip to Burtisland – sun, water, rocks, two girls and one guy(!), smily faces and two photo cameras. These were taken at the beginning of September this year.
(Burntisland lies on the other side of the Firth of Forth, about 45 minutes from Edinburgh by car. Apart from a train line, there is also a Stagecoach X58/X60 bus connection which goes from Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy and stops at Burntisland – the journey takes over an hour.)
On the way from Edinburgh to Burntisland earlier on today I took photos of some unexpected subjects. They were a gang of butterflies and bees getting busy with thistles. Pollinating. There were tens of them, working so frantically, they didn’t even notice me spying on them. Exquisite!
These pictures are genuine, not photoshopped in any way. I promise, there were so many butterflies and bees!
Drive to Rowardennan. Get parked. Go up Ben Lomond. Admire the views. Come down. Easy-peasy…
P.S. Ben Lomond is 973 metres (3,192 feet) high, however, it appears to be much higher since its foot is not much above sea level. The mountain watches over Loch Lomond, which is the largest loch in the UK (24 miles long, 5 miles wide and up to 600 feet deep) and has 38 islands.
The plan was to go and swim in a lake (or loch) like we always used to do in the summer in Poland. Now here it’s Scotland and however beautiful the lochs are, the water feels ice cold. We decided to go along the Trossachs Trail to look for a suitable place. It is about 1,5 hours drive from Edinburgh city centre. We checked Loch Ard’s shores for a suitable way into the water but were not satisfied (dirty and foamy water at the shore) but Loch Chon appeared perfect (well, as good as it gets with the usual stony shores).
We found the best place to go into the water is to enter the car park with the big green wooden sign ‘Loch Chon’ and take the path to the left. There is a mini-peninsula with some trees and blueberry bushes and there are large stones where you can lay your clothes.
The water feels amazing and refreshing. It took me a long time to get in and I was close to backing out a few times but once you start swimming, it is absolutely wonderful. There’s nothing like it!
Afterwards we went on to have our sandwiches and tea while being able to admire the view over Loch Arklet. (For all the fans of wild swimming I can say that Loch Arklet made a too creepy impression on me to swim in it, especially with the deserted building on the shore near to B829).
That was a good trip but I miss the lakes of Pomerania anyway!
You have to be careful what you wish for! When planning our little trip to Oban, I was tempted by the good reviews and awards boasted by the Ee-Usk Restaurant. It calls itself “one of the best seafood restaurants in the country” (extract taken from their website). I even thought ‘I’d better book a table in case it was a busy evening’. It was one of these situation when you get an idea stuck in your head and you will do anything to get there.
The restaurant looks encouraging at first sight: sitting at the harbour and glazed from top to bottom, it makes you imagine how wonderful it must be to peer at the sea while eating. We went there on a Saturday evening around 8. The staff was polite but not too enthusiastic, as it mostly consisted of very young (teenage?) waitresses who would give you the specials list on one breath not even looking at you, like a shy kid forced to recite rhymes in nursery (kids don’t wear make-up, though).
Ali ordered thai fishcakes for starters and I had mussels in wine and garlic. Both dishes tasted as you would expect but they were not exceptional. At least the mussels were fresh. Another good thing – we were hungry and the food was served reasonably quickly. For main course we both decided to go with wild halibut, “locally landed, oven baked, served with creamed leeks and Ee-usk chips”. And this was a mistake. The fish arrived in a big piece but was dry and overcooked. The leeks were a minute portion, enough for two mouthfulls, and the chips were six or seven tiny pieces of potatoes. This is supposed to be a main course, for goodness sakes! And it costs £17.95 each! We finished with chocolate and coffee mousse at £5.45 per portion which was served in small wine glasses and which we would have enjoyed much more, if it had been left longer in the fridge to set.
My conclusion is: don’t always believe the award and accolade stickers on the door! The food at Ee-Usk was in our experience poorly prepared and hugely overpriced and we will be looking for a different place to eat when visiting the area again.